Whether you’re living in a flat where the majority of the rooms are windowless, or your windows face away from the sun, a dark room can make your living space feel bleak and dingy. Luckily, there are several ways to brighten up a room no matter what budget, taste or space you have.
When there is limited light source in a room, you need to make it count. Placing mirrors opposite windows or artificial light doubles the reach by reflecting it around the room. Using internal glass doors (such as these internal doors from Emerald Doors) can bring in light from other rooms and open up the room.
Bring in white
White is a great way of brightening up a room but be cautious of how you use it. Contrary to popular belief, white walls can actually make a space look more dingy without the presence of natural light. White furnishings and decorative accessories are a much more strategic way of brightening the room without drawing attention to low light levels or shadows.
Avoid heavy curtains
Dark and heavy curtains can instantly shrink a room, not to mention block all traces of natural light. Opting for a white or sheer curtain lets in plenty of light and also physically brightens up the room with its light colour.
Use artificial light
When you have a dark room, you can never have enough artificial light. Adopt a mix of floor lamps, spotlights and desk lamps to bring light in at every level. Choose bulbs which emit a white light rather than yellow as it is much more efficient at brightening up the room.
Add some nature
Potted plants and bright flowers are a great way to brighten up and add life to a room. They also psychologically suggest open space as we associate them with the outdoors; and they’re a great mood booster.
Opt for coloured accents
Bright, jewel toned colours are great for adding depth to a dark room but can be overpowering if not used sparingly. By choosing these colours for your accents, such as a cushion or decorative piece, you get the benefit of colour without overpowering the room.
Dark rooms can often appear smaller than they really are. By taking care of any mess and clutter, you open up the space which can help lighten a room. Invest in some storage solutions which help to further brighten up the room, such as white cabinets or mirrored jewellery boxes.